Keeping wounds dry so they can heal


When a wound is not properly protected it can become infected and the healing process can be slowed down. Proper protection can mean, for example, keeping wounds dry. With a waterproof plaster, you can therefore reduce the risk of infection and promote better wound recovery.

To protect your wounds against water, consider the Hansaplast Aqua Protect Plasters that offer 100% waterproof protection. Their reliable adhesive keeps the plaster in place even after coming into contact with water. They’re also flexible and breathable, allowing greater conformity to your body’s movements – which translates into more convenience during the healing process. In addition, by combining a transparent adhesive strip with a light beige woundpad, this new version of Hansaplast Aqua Protect is very subtle and can go practically unnoticed.


For more general information about the effects of water on wounds and why it’s important to keep them dry, you can read The truth about water and healing. For tips on how to keep your wounds dry, go to Better protection for better healing.

Aqua Protect Plasters in front of a bath tub
Keeping wounds dry can help them heal properly
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Developing Aqua Protect

Due to Hansaplast’s commitment to high-quality wound care, products are often revisited to ensure that they continue to serve people’s shifting needs and preferences. And it was this commitment to offering relevant, state-of-the art plasters that led to the developed version of the Aqua Protect Plaster.

Range of waterproof Hansaplast plasters

As with all Hansaplast products that have been selected to undergo a redesign, the current version of the product was examined carefully, and product developers asked themselves how it could be improved upon. They developed several prototypes and then chose the best one. This prototype was then tested in real-life conditions and evaluated. The results showed that 100% of the time the plaster stayed secure and continued to protect their wounds after 6 hours – and 97% of the time the plaster continued to stick even after 8 hours.*
Washing hands in the sink
Studies show Aqua Protect plasters keep wounds protected for up to 8 hours

In sum, these new Aqua Protect plasters offer 100% waterproof protection and strong adhesion for reliable protection.

*Claim Support Testing Waterproof Film Plaster, In-use test, 75 participants, December 2012

Hands with sponge on shoulder
Aqua Protect plasters adapts to your movements and stay in place when wet

Aqua Protect at a glance

The new Hansaplast Aqua Protect Plaster offers 100% waterproof protection. It combines a light beige woundpad with a transparent backing for ultimate discretion. The high-performance adhesive guarantees extra strong sticking power to keep the wound protected for up to 8 hours after it’s been applied – even after coming into contact with water.
Illustration of a Aqua Protect Plaster
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Other waterproof solutions from Hansaplast

These Aqua Protect solutions are also helpful in keeping wounds dry and free from infection

The Hansaplast Aqua Protect XXL Plaster protects larger area wounds against water. Its large, non-stick wound pad includes silver for an antibacterial effect that reduces the risk of infection.

For smaller wounds on your fingers and hands, the Hansaplast Aqua Protect Hand Pack provides 100% waterproof protection with ergonomically shaped plasters.

The Hansaplast Elastic Waterproof Plaster is the first waterproof plaster with flexible woven backing material. It conforms and stretches with your movements, dries quickly after coming into contact with water and is breathable.

Woman showering with plaster on her shoulder
Using the right plaster for your wound can keep it dry and prevent infection
For extra durable, waterproof protection consider the Hansaplast Extra Tough Waterproof Plaster. It is the first heavy fabric plaster that combines waterproof wound protection, durability and flexibility in one woun dcare solution.
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The Hansaplast Heritage of Healing

For over 90 years Hansaplast has been committed to helping wounds heal. Take a moment to read through the defining highlights and milestones in the interactive timeline – and experience the major chapters of our heritage and the heritage of Beiersdorf.

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Always see your doctor if the wound is deep, bleeding or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth.
Also make sure to seek medical help if you are not able to clean the wound properly.
In case you have diabetes a proper wound care is of special importance. Always discuss any concerns you may have with your doctor and/or podiatrist, even for the care of minor wounds and skin cracks – especially on your feet.
Please note that none of the above given tips or recommendations substitute medical advice. Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages. Important: consult a health professional in case of any uncertainity of treating your wound properly.
The information provided through this website should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. It is not a substitute for professional care or advice. If you have or suspect a health problem, you should consult your doctor. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it, because of something you have read on this website.

For further information regarding Hansaplast products, please contact us via email on Carefully read the instructions for use given in our products‘ packages.

Always see a doctor if the wound is deep, bleeds heavily or shows signs of infection like reddening, swelling or warmth. Please note that, although they were compiled with great care, the tips and advice given on this website by no means substitute medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, consult a doctor and follow medical advice, regardless of what you have learned on this website. Always read carefully and follow the instructions for use or the leaflets of our products.
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